Nintendo Shows Off Zelda: Link's Awakening Gameplay With Eiji Aonuma

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Nintendo Shows Off Zelda: Link's Awakening Gameplay With Eiji Aonuma

Nintendo is using its Treehouse Live stream to show off extended looks at its upcoming games, one of which was The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Switch. The stream shows off about 30 minutes of gameplay, shows off familiar locations and dungeons from the original game, and discusses its unique art style.

You can also see a collection of new Link's Awakening screens in the gallery below. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is coming to Switch on September 20.

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Each Game In The Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Have The Same Amount Of Content As A Mainline Game

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Each Game In The Final Fantasy VII Remake Will Have The Same Amount Of Content As A Mainline Game

During a behind-closed-doors appointment with Square Enix for the Final Fantasy VII remake, producer and original Final Fantasy VII director Yoshinori Kitase gave a presentation about various aspects of the new game. As if to head off the inevitable questions about the remake's content split at the pass, Kitase remarked that the first game focuses just on the dystopian metropolis of Midgar and that, while limited to that city, it has as much content as any mainline Final Fantasy title.

While they weren't willing to dive too deep into the split, Kitase explained that they are doing it this way so that they can reimagine the game in a modern context without losing anything that was in the original title in terms of environments. This means a massive expansion of the ideas from the original title. As shown in the Square Enix E3 presentation, bosses like the Guard Scorpion from the first Mako Reactor have been developed to be longer fights.

There is definitely a lot more content that would make the original game's opening act feel longer, though in what other ways like side quests or cutscenes, remains to be detailed. Final Fantasy VII Remake is releasing on PlayStation 4 on March 3, 2020.

Pokémon Sword And Shield's Developers Exhibit The Open-World Wild Area

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Pokémon Sword And Shield's Developers Exhibit The Open-World Wild Area

As Nintendo's Treehouse live show continues, we're getting more details on its upcoming games. Among these games was Pokémon Sword and Shield, the mainline series' first foray into console experiences.

Junichi Masuda and Shigeru Ohmori of Game Freak appeared on the Treehouse, along with adorable plushes of the games' starters, and they played through a segment of the upcoming game(s). You can watch the full video above for more details, but it features the Wild Area and a Pokémon battle with a Dynamaxed Pokémon.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield launches for Nintendo Switch on November 15, 2019.

Nintendo Shows Off 27 Minutes Of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Nintendo Shows Off 27 Minutes Of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of Nintendo's biggest games at E3 this year, and it just showed off some more details about the game during its Treehouse live segment.

In the segment, it showed off how you can play both local and online co-op, and how you can now place items throughout your entire island, not just your home. There are plenty more details shown in the video, which you can see above.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons releases on Nintendo Switch March 20, 2020.

Keanu Reeves Is More Than A Cameo In Cyberpunk 2077

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Keanu Reeves Is More Than A Cameo In Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red won over the E3 crowd at the Microsoft Press Conference by bringing actor Keanu Reeves on stage to announce his involvement in the project. It’s been one of the most talked about moments from the show so far. While we saw Reeves’ likeness in the game in a brief scene, we didn’t get much more on his role or the extent of it in the game. Today at E3, I was able to get more clarity on his involvement, and it’s much more than a cameo.

For starters, he actually plays a digital ghost that’s haunting your mind, appearing at your side throughout the game. “Keanu’s Johnny actually has a huge role in our game, says quest director Mateusz Tomasqkiewicz during our one-on-one interview. “This is like a supporting protagonist. He is present throughout most of the game.”

For those not in the know, the character Johnny Silverhand played a big role in Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk 2020, which CD Projekt's game is inspired from. “He’s a man of conviction. He is a rocker boy, so he was a famous celebrity, but at the same time, he fights the system. He doesn’t like corporations. He stands against the oppression," Tomasqkiewicz explains.

Crystal Dynamics Comments On Marvel's Avengers Eerie Similarities To Avengers: Endgame

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Crystal Dynamics Comments On Marvel's Avengers Eerie Similarities To Avengers: Endgame

When Square debuted its Avengers project yesterday, several fans noted the similarities between the game and Marvel’s recent films. Both projects start with the Avengers disgraced – having failed a mission – then jump forward in time.

Obviously, Crystal Dynamics’ game has been in the works for years, so what’s up with this strange parallel? We asked Crystal Dynamics’ head of studio Scot Amos about these similarities and this is what he had to say:

“I would say that this is several years of us working on this. Going back quite a ways, from a storyline perspective, we asked where do we want this to go? The Marvel team has been with us from the beginning and so we've all known hints of what's going on across the Avengers franchise in general, but we want to do an original story and an original take on the Avengers. Of course, there are things people expect at this point in that arc. We wanted to do it our way. We want people to be able to say, ‘Wow, these heroes, I've seen this happen in some other way.’ Or ‘I've seen this reference before.’ If you look at some of the different MCU products, I can see references that come from the comics, but it's not about that story is actually one of those fan service references. For us, we want to be inspirational, that’s awesome, but it's not a game of the movies. It’s an original story.”

Nintendo Releases New Story Trailer For Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Nintendo Releases New Story Trailer For Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Though we already had a release date of July 26 of this year, there was still plenty Nintendo left out for Fire Emblem fans until E3. Today, during its Direct presentation, it brought forward a new story trailer and a bunch of screenshots. 

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For more on what's been confirmed on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, check out Javy's feature here.

Zelda Director Eiji Aonuma Unveils New Link's Awakening Amiibo

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Zelda Director Eiji Aonuma Unveils New Link's Awakening Amiibo

The world's most adorable amiibo was revealed during the Nintendo E3 Treehouse live stream. While showing off gameplay for the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake, Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma showed off a tiny cartoon Link amiibo made for the game. 

The Link's Awakening amiibo, as well as any other Zelda character amiibo from other games, will add a "plus effect," described as extra layers on-top of player-created dungeons. The other characters' plus effects have yet to be revealed, but the adorable little Link amiibo will add Shadow Link to your dungeon for an extra challenge and big reward. 

The cutest amiibo ever will be released alongside the game on September 20th, 2019. 

A Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Prequel Comic Is Coming Soon

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A Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Prequel Comic Is Coming Soon

Marvel announced today its plans to release a series that will chronicle the events leading up to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The comic will follow a young Cere (who plays a major role in the game) and her Jedi Master Eno Cordova as they visit the planet Ontotho. It's unclear exactly how this will tie into Fallen Order, but based on Cere's appearance in the game and in this comic, it looks like it takes quite a few years before Cal's adventure kicks off.

The book is being written by Matthew Rosenberg (Uncanny X-Men and The Punisher) and illustrated by Paolo Villanelli (Vader: Dark Visions) and you can see the first issue's cover below. The first issue will be available in September.

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Exclusive: Read Only Memories Sequel Announced

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Exclusive: Read Only Memories Sequel Announced

Since 2064: Read Only Memories launched in 2015, it has built momentum with subsequent console releases. This has allowed the niche point-and-click adventure game, which stood out for its a cool cyberpunk backdrop and intriguing characters, to gain a dedicated following, propelling it to over 200,000 copies sold. Now MidBoss is back to top its previous efforts with a sequel called Neurodiver.

In an exclusive reveal with Game Informer, MidBoss shared the first details about the game alongside screenshots and a trailer.  Neurodiver takes place in the vibrant world of Neo-San Francisco just like its predecessor, meaning you’re bound to run into a few memorable faces, from gene-spliced lawyer Jess Meas to former police-officer-turned-private-eye Lexi Rivers. The familiar backdrop doesn’t mean there aren’t any surprises and new additions, though. Neurodiver introduces new characters, locations, and mechanics. The game centers around its newest gameplay addition and namesake, a genetically engineered device allowing you to dive into people’s memories. 

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